Root canals (or endodontic surgery) are not as scary as most people would have you think. The endodontic specialists at Coral Springs Dental Center utilize the latest technologies in order to provide you with a quick and easy procedure that will stop pain caused by infections and preserve your teeth. If you need endodontic surgery, there is no better place to go than Coral Springs Dental Center.
Why Do I Need A Root Canal?
A root canal is necessary when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed. The pulp is the soft inner portion of the tooth made up of connective tissue and a fibrous matrix filled with odontoblasts. Tooth pulp nourishes and supports the bone and contains its nerves. The pulp can become infected when a cavity goes unchecked. Broken teeth that are not attended to can also cause an infection.
Once this happens, the tooth will become extremely sore and the surrounding tissue will become inflamed. If the infection becomes too severe, an abscess can form in the jaw bone. These abscesses can cause lasting bone damage and even lead to tooth loss. In order to stop the pain and halt any further harm, an endodontic surgery will be performed.
The process of getting a root canal begins with an initial consultation. Your Coral Springs Dental specialist will determine the severity of the infection and how much of the pulp needs to be removed. Once it is time for your endodontic surgery, the operation area will be numbed to eliminate as much discomfort as possible.
A plastic barrier will be applied to the mouth and the tooth that is being operated on will be let through. This is done to keep the area dry. Once the numbing medicine has taken full effect, the procedure will begin. The dead nerve and connective tissue will be cleaned out of the root chambers (or root canals) using a series of specialised files. The canals will then be shaped in order to be properly filled.
Once the root canals have been thoroughly cleaned, medicine will be applied to prevent any further infection. After the medicine has been applied, gutta-percha is used to fill the root chambers. Gutta-percha is a medical grade plastic based sealant that will keep infection at bay and preserve the structural integrity of the tooth.
If the infection went untreated for an extended period of time, cosmetic damage may have occurred. This cannot only be unsightly, but it can also affect the functionality of the tooth. Biting can become difficult and remaining teeth can shift due to tooth mass being lost. If the damage was minimal and only occurred on the bite surface, a filling may be all that is required. However, if the damage is more extensive, then a crown may need to be applied. The crown will be custom created for you and made of a durable ceramic material that will blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. This will complete the endodontic surgery process and you will be on your way with a healthy smile.
The endodontic surgery team here at Coral Springs Dental Center wants you to be comfortable and absolutely confident in your smile. While a root canal may sound uncomfortable, they are actually quite painless using modern technology and will be able to alleviate pain. Call us at 954.344.8800 to set up an appointment to meet with one of our dental specialists. We are located in Coral Springs, FL at 1700 University Drive, Suite 101. Don’t live in unnecessary pain any longer! Trust Coral Springs Dental Center with the health of your smile.